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Richard "Jim" James Ryan

Richard James “Jim” Ryan 78 of Sanford passed away Monday, November 2, 2020. A Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, November 6, 2020 at Rogers Pickard Funeral Home chapel.


Jim was born on July 22, 1942, son of the late Richard James Ryan Sr. and Edna Maude Miller Ryan. He was a Veteran proudly and honorably serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, and proudly supported numerous Presidential Campaigns throughout his lifetime, showing his support for candidates ranging from Bobby Kennedy to Donald Trump. Jim enjoyed life, food, golf, bowling, and a great family.


Jim is survived by his wife Gwen Moody Ryan, sons Richard Ryan of VA and Michael Ryan of California; daughters Randi (Sean) Pennings of Fayetteville and Ranea (Eric) Linz of Bunlevel, grandchildren; Aiden, Layla, Jacob, Cameron, Tyler, Bradley, and Brent.


The family will greet friends Friday following the service.

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Gwen, Sandra and I are so sad to hear about Jim. God Bless you and all the family. We will remember You and Jim as friends, neighbors and really good people.

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

May God give you
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

May the friendships you make,
Be those which endure,
And all of your grey clouds
Be small ones for sure.
And trusting in Him
To Whom we all pray,
May a song fill your heart,
Every step of the way.

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.

Jim Phillips Nov 6 2020 12:00 AM

I was so saddened to read about Jim. I worked with him at the bakery for several years. I will truly miss him. May God comfort all of you now and especially in the days ahead. With Love

Sonja Franklin Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to Jim's family. Jim (Richard to me) has been my friend since elementary school. We had recently renewed our longtime friendship. I am so sad to have lost him right when we were having such a great time. We had been talking about getting together when he was through with his treatments and on the road to recovery. I will look forward to our reunion in heaven. Love you buddy! Ron & Carol Clark

Ron & Carol Clark Nov 5 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you Jim for sharing life and making it special for my dear friend Gwen. My sincere condolences to all of the family.

Barbara Hempstead Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

Our hearts are heavy with this news and we send love and prayers. Jim and I (Connie) went to Paramount High School together and grew up in Lakewood California. Such sad news and we send prayers of comfort to Gwen, he loved you so very much.

Connie Groves Tice Jerry Tice Nov 4 2020 12:00 AM

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